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1 — As gay marriage spreads across nation, a look back at Ithaca’s early embrace
20 years ago, Ithaca was in national spotlight for radical idea: Supporting gay marriage – There were people from my church, there were people from the more rural areas from the county, and people from outside the county saying, ‘What are you doing?’” Ithaca Voice
The Rainbow flag, a symbol of LGBT rights. Courtesy of Wikimedia 2 — The first part of our extensive series on Ithaca area veterans
Incarcerated Tompkins veterans: the crisis seen through one woman’s eyes – “You don’t have veterans courts in your area. You have me.” Ithaca Voice
3 — Ithaca Voice questions fairness of apparently different punishments for white collar vs. street crime
Editorial: Tompkins courts must be blind to defendants’ affluence – Pam Johnson stole close to a quarter-million from the public piggy bank over several years. But she received about the same amount of jail time as a kid who stole two computers worth $4,000. Ithaca Voice
The outside of the courthouse 4 — Could fountain delays push Ithaca Commons construction into 2016?
Fountain for Ithaca Commons project likely delayed until Spring 2016 – Lengthy internal deliberations within City Hall have helped delay the construction of a $300,000 fountain on the new Ithaca Commons — possibly into the spring of 2016. Ithaca Voice
Original renderings of a fountain for the new Ithaca Commons. The fountain has been delayed – likely until the spring of 2016 Original renderings of a fountain for the new Ithaca Commons. The fountain has been delayed – likely until the spring of 2016 5 — Massive expansion at Ithaca solar company seen as good news, but not replacement for fracking jobs
Rapidly-expanding Ithaca solar company sees 725 percent job growth in 4 years – A solar energy company based in Ithaca says it has achieved rapid growth over the last several years and is poised to expand its share of the local energy market. Ithaca Voice
Solar panels in Schuyler County. (Photo courtesy of Renovus’ Facebook page) Solar panels in Schuyler County. (Photo courtesy of Renovus’ Facebook page) 6 — Ithaca’s mayor speaks about tackling structural racism, inequality in America
Mayor Myrick on fighting racism in aftermath of Charleston shooting – “This is not a zero sum game; to provide opportunities to pull up black and Hispanic families does not mean pulling down white families.” Ithaca Voice
Mayor Myrick (file photo) 7 — Northside development plan begins to draw some Ithaca critics
Critics of $14 million Fall Creek housing project gain momentum – “This building is larger than anything else INHS has built, and is too big for the neighborhood.” Ithaca Voice
8 — Ithaca rallies in support of Charleston shooting victims
Hundreds attend Ithaca vigil for Charleston shooting victims – More than 200 people met outside Ithaca City Hall on Wednesday night to remember the nine people who were killed during a bible study in a historically black church in Charleston, SC, at the hands of a white supremacist. Ithaca Voice
9 — GOP presidential candidate has connection to … Ithaca?
Tracing presidential candidate Jeb Bush’s ancestral connection to Ithaca – But presidential aspirant Jeb Bush can rightly claim: “My great-great grandfather died raking leaves on the Seneca Street hill in Ithaca, New York.” Ithaca Voice
Courtesy of Jeb Bush’s Facebook page Courtesy of Jeb Bush’s Facebook page 10 — And a look at an important program started by a Tompkins judge
Why judge believes new court has helped Tompkins families – “If you don’t really flesh that out into anything that’s effective then it’s just lip service.” Ithaca Voice